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QREETIPILLE, N. C, JATIUAR1J 8, 1029
ElQttTlETH STATED MEETINQ
<3REENUILLE, Tl C, APRIL 16, 1929
Stated Clerk, W. S. Harden, Greenville, N. C. exit 1932
Treasurer, Rev. A. J. Crane, Tarboro, N. C. exit 1929 F
Trustees of Presbytery"; T. G. Hyman, exit 1931 F, B. W.
Moseley, Greenville, N. C, exit 1933 F
Trustees of Peace Institute, H. B. Searight, Washington,
N. C, exit 1931 F, Nathan O'Berry, Goldsboro, N. C,
exit 1929 F
Trustee of Davidson College, B. W. Moseley, Greenville,
QREETIDILLE, R C. JATlUARll 8, 1929
EIQHTIETH STATED MEETINQ
QREENUILLE, TL C, APRIL 16, 1929
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Albermarle Presbytery met in adjourned session in the church
of Greenville at 10 o'clock A. M. January 8th, 1929.
The meeting was called to order by the moderator, Rev. J. T.
Wildman, and was opened with prayer by Rev. F. M. Dick, of
Roanoke Presbytery, Va. The following reported present: Rev.
A. J. Crane, H. M. Wilson, J. T. Wildman, W. M. Doggett, Jr., A. S.
Veneable, W. S. Harden, T. L. Harnsberger, E. C. Lynch, W. A.
Gamble, Peter Mclntyre, J. L. Yandell, C. Mathews Brown.
Churches represented: M. V. Orr, Goldsboro, H. E. Shaw,
Kinston, B. W. Moseley, Greenville.
Rev. J. L. Yandell was elected Temporary Clerk, after it was
seen that a quorum was present, and Presbytery could proceed to
Rev. P. Marion Dick, of the Presbytery of Roanoke, Va., was
invited to sit as a visiting brother. A certificate of dismissal from
the Presbytery of Roanoke for the Rev. F. M. Dick was presented,
found in order and Presbytery enrolled Mr. Dick as a mem-
ber after the usual examination. Mr. Dick was granted
evangelistic powers, and is to serve in Hertford county. Rev. J. N.
H. Summerell, D. D., the beloved Stated Clerk of Presbytery, being
seriously ill, requested the Presbytery to accept his resignation as
Stated Clerk, which was done reluctantly, and Rev. W. S. Harden
was elected acting clerk until the Spring meeting. Upon motion
Presbytery's Committee of Ministerial Relief was instructed to ask
the Assembly's Committee for the proper aid for Dr. Summerell,
when needed. The acting clerk was instructed to write a letter of
sympathy to Dr. Summerell, and the Presbytery offered an earnest
prayer for his recovery at this time. This Committee of Christian
Education and Relief was directed to ask the Central committee to
cancel the loans made to Rev. W. A. Gamble, while he was pursuing
his studies in the Seminary. This Committee also asks for a loan
of $125 to candidate P. L. Perry, now at Louisville Seminary.
Rev. Peter Mclntyre made his report of attendance upon the
General Assembly, which was received and his diligence com-
mended. Rev. A. J. Crane made report of the attendance of Mr.
P. W. Melick upon the sessions of the Assembly which was received,
Motion made and passed that Presbytery take recess at 12:45
noon for lunch.
The ladies of the church were given a rising vote of apprecia-
tion for the lunch served at the above time.
Presbytery reconvened at 2:00 P. M.
The report of the Chairman of Stewardship was read, and its
recommendations adopted as amended.
"A meeting, composed of the Chairman of the Synod's Commit-
tee, and the Secretaries of the Presbyteries of the Synod, met at
Greensboro, December 18th, 1928, to discuss plans for promoting
and putting on the E. M. Canvass March 10th, 1929. On account
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of an engagement, Albemarle Secretary could not be present.
Your committee of Stewardship would ask the Presbytery to
adopt some of the resolutions adopted at this meeting.
1. That the Presbytery set aside one day in February, the 4th
Sabbath, for intercessory Prayer for God's blessing upon the E. M.
2. That each Pastor be urged to send to Atlanta for Litera-
ture on Stewardship, to be given to the people.
3. That the Secretaires of the Local churches and Leaders of
Young People enlist the Superintendent of the Sunday School in
making educational preparation for the Canvass, and have the
Story of N. J. Read to the School.
4. That each Church accept in full the Benevolent Askings
sent down by the Presbytery.
5. That the Session secure the hearty cooporation of the
Men-of-the-Church, the Auxiliary, Young Peoples Societies, and
Sunday School, in making and putting on the E. M. Canvass.
6. That the Churches make an effort to accomplish three
(1) A subscription from every member.
(2) The Budget fully subscribed and paid.
(3) Prompt report of Canvass to the Presbyterial and
7. That this Presbytery set aside the first 20 minutes
after recess for a prayer service, for a deeper consecra-
tion of our selves, and our possessions, and for God's guidance and
blessing on the E. M. Canvass.
8. That all the Churches take the E. M. Canvass by March
10th. and report to secretary by March 18th.
A. SIDNEY VENABLE,
Secretary of Stewardship.
Benevolences of Albemai-le Presbytery for 1929-30, asked by
the Synod amounts to $30,000.00, by order of Presbytery this
amount be divided 50-50 between the Assembly's Causes and
Synod's and Presbytery's Causes.
ASSEMBLY'S CAUSES WILL GET $15000.00 50%
Foreigin Missions (31.8%) $ 7950.00
Assembly's Home Missions (26.5%) 4200.00
C. E. & M. R. (14.%) 3040.00
Publication and Sunday S. (6.8%) 510.00
Assembly's Training S. (1.7%) 150.00
Bible Cause (.5%) 150.00
Total (.50%) 15000.00
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SYNOD'S AND PRESBYTERIAL CAUSES 50%
Synod's Home Missions, (10%)
Barium Orphanage, (?.5%)
Schools and Colleges, (8.7%) ...
U. T. Seminary, (1.3%)
Presby's Home Missions, (22.5%) 6750.00
AMOUNTS ASKED FROM EACH CHURCH IN PRESBYTERY
10.00 LaGrange, $ 50.00
50.00 Mitchener Memo., „__ 350.00
200.00 Morton, 50.00
50.00 Nahalah, 100.00
400.00 New Bern, 2000.00
300.00 Parmelee, 50.00
450.00 Roanoke, 50.00
4000.00 Rocky Mt. 1st., 5500.00
1600.00 Rocky Mt. 2nd., 75.00
10.00 Snow Hill, 50.00
25.00 Washington, 3500.00
20.00 Hart Chapel, 600.00
5500.00 Wilson, 3500.00
50.00 Ahoskie, 100.00
Total Askings $30,130.00
A. SIDNEY VENABLE,
Presbytery's Sect. Stewardship.
The following motion was passed: That the askings of the
Assembly, Synod and Presbytery be sent down to the sessions with
the request that the session set its quota by the 15th of February.
When the session fails to inform the committee of the amount of
quota accepted for the year, the quota shall be as set forth in the
Upon motion Presbytery engaged in a few minutes of definite
prayer for the matters of our church, particularly regarding the
Every Member Canvass.
After the reading of the minutes, Presbytery adjourned to
meet in the Greenville church, Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock,,
W. S. HARDEN, Acting Stated Clerk.
J. L. YANDELL, Tern. Clerk.
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APRIL 16-17TH, 1929.
The Presbytery of Albermarle met in regular Spring session in
the church at Greenville, April 16th. at 8 P. M., and heard a sermon
by the retiring moderator, Rev. J. T. Wildman, from II Timothy
3:1, after which Presbytery was constituted with prayer by Rev.
W. A. Gamble.
The roll call showed the following ministers present: H. B.
Searight, A. J. Crane, J. T. Wildman, W. S. Harden, J. A. Satter-
field, J. L. Yandell, W. A. Gamble, A. S. Venable, D. D., C. M.
Brown, H. M. Wilson, Peter Mclntyre, Willard Conger, E. C. Lynch,
T. L. Harnesberger, M. W. Doggett, Jr., F. M. Dick.
Churches represented: Greenville. W. C. Dresbach, Pinetops,
W. E. Cobb, Wm. and Mary Hart, T. F. Savage, Farmville, J. H.
Paylor, Washington, M. F. McKeel, Wilson, W. H. Whitmore, Golds-
boro, M. V. Orr, C. S. Hollister, New Bern, Edenton, R. H. Bachman,
Kinston, W. C. Kemp.
Rev. A. S. Venable, D. D., was elected moderator, Rev. J. L.
Yandell, Temporary Clerk.
The Devotional Committee made its report, which was adopted
as follows: Your Devotional Committee makes the following re-
Presbytery to convene at 9 A. M., recess for lunch at 12:30
Noon, reconvene at 2 P. M., adjourn at 5:30 P. M.
Evening session to begin at 8, and adjourn at will.
11 A. M. tomorrow is set for the Presbyterial sermon by Rev.
H. M. Wilson followed by the communion service.
8 P. M. tomorrow, a popular meeting for Home Missions, pre-
sided over by Rev. H. B. Searight, D. D.
Devotional exercises tomorrow morning led by the moderator.
W. S. HARDEN,
B. W. MOSELEY, Committee.
10 A. M. Wednesday was set as the time to hear Rev. E. E.
Gillespie, D. D., Executive Secretary of Synod's Work Committee.
Rev. E. E. Gillespie, D. D., of Orange Presbytery was invited
to sit as a visiting brother.
3 P. M. was set as the order of the day for election of Commis-
sioners to the General Assembly.
Presbytery adjourned until 9 A. M. tomorrow.
MORNING SESSION, WEDNESDAY.
Presbytery convened at 9 A. M., and was led in devotional
exercises by the moderator.
The minutes of last evening were read and approved.
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Rev. I. N. Clegg of Fayetteville Presbytery was invited to sit
as a visiting brother.
The following communications were read and disposed of:
A call from the Fountain church for the pastoral services of Rev.
H. M. Wilson was read, found in order, placed in the hands of Mr.
Wilson, who accepted it, and the following Commission was ap-
pointed to install him: Rev. W. S. Harden, A. J. Crane, A. S.
Venable, and elder J. H. Paylor, time to be the 4th Sunday in April
8 P. M. Parts for each one to be assigned.
A communication from Rev. J. N. H. Summerell, D. D., was re-
ferred to the Committee on Nominations.
The Ahoskie church was enrolled as of January 10th. with the
following members: Mr. J. S. Bishop, Mrs. J. S. Bishop, Knox
Hughes, husband, Mrs. Knox Hughes, wife, W. F. Johnson, husband,
Mrs. W. F. Johnson, wife, L. M. Johnson, son, Virginia Johnson,
daughter, Eldridge Johnson, son, Mrs. Stanley Morgan, Calvin Mc-
Keel, Steth McKeel, Claudius McKeel, Mrs. L. H. Porter, Robert
Pollitt, F. G. Powell, husband, Mrs. F. G. Powell, wife, Mr. and
Mrs. Shotwell, Mrs. Jack White, J. N. Vann, husband, Agnes Vann,
wife, Mrs. B. J. Tomko.
The following standing committees were appointed by the
moderator: Devotional— W. S. Harden, B. W. Moseley; Atten-
dance — J. A. Satterfield, N. P. Kemp; Sessional Record — J. T.
Wildman, R. H. Bachman, T. F. Savage; Auditing — W. C. Dres-
bach, R. H. Bachman; Nomination — E. C. Lynch, T. L. Harnsber-
ger, H. M. Wilson; Minutes of Synod— W. A. Gamble, W. E. Cobb,
B. H. Brown; Resolution of Thanks— M. W. Doggett, T. F. Savage.
Revs. T. L. Harnsberger and C. M. Brown were appointed on
Dr. Gillespie was heard by the Presbytery in the interest of
the Committee of 27 of the Synod, and his address was referred to
the committee of Stewardship.
The Committee on Woman's Work made its report, which was
REPORT OF THE WOMAN'S WORK OF ALBEMARLE PRES-
Number of Auxiliaries in Presbytery, 14
Number of Members, 1195
Tithers, _ . 133
Mission Study Classes:
Foreign — 16. Home — 18.
Membership — 299. Membership — 252.
Volunteers for Life Service, 75
Survey Subscribers, 195
Church Paper Subscribers, 208
Total Denominational Benevolences, $ 10554
Total Local Church Work, 64.39
Total Miscellaneous Contributions, 2656
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Total Contributions to all causes, $ 19649
Total Decrease over last year, $ 1641
A. SIDNEY VENABLE.
At 11 A. M. Rev. H. M. Wilson preached the Presbyterial ser-
mon from Matthew 5:14, "Ye are the light of the world."
Following the sermon, the Communion service was held, at the
close of which the Presbytery was led in prayer by the Moderator
for the absent and infirm brethren, Revs. Summerell and Wadley.
Rev. C. A. Lawrence of East Hanover Presbytery, Synod of
Virginia, and Rev. S. J. Venable of Norfolk Presbytery, were in-
vited to sit as visiting brethren.
Presbytery took recess until 2 P. M. during which time the
ladies of the church served lunch to the Presbytery in the Social
Hall of the church.
The Committee of Assembly's Home Missions made a report,
which was received and the following recommendations adopted:
(1) That Sunday Schools be urged to study Home Missions
as a part of the church's great missionary responsibility, and that
Sunday, June 30, be the annual Home Mission Day with a special
offering for Assembly's Home Missions.
(2) That November be assigned as the time for Home Mission
study and preaching in all the churches, and November 17-24 as the
Annual Week of Prayer and Self-denial for Home Missions.
(3) That pastors be urged to preach on some phase of As-
sembly's Home Missions during November, and that Home Mission
topics be used for prayer meeting discussions during Home Mis-
(4) Resolved that the Presbytery of Albemarle express its
appreciation of the aid given our work in this Presbytery and
urge all of our churches to support the work of General Assembly's
Home Missions, at least up to the full amount apportioned them
for this work.
J. L. YANDELL, Chairman.
Elder T. G. Hyman made a verbal report of his attendance
upon the Board meeting of Davidson College, as trustee, which was
received as infoimiation.
A special committee consisting of the following was appointed
to draw up an overture to the General Assembly relative to the
salaries of Home Missionaries being published: Rev. A. S. Ven-
able, E. C. Lynch, elder C. S. Hollister.
Dr. Searight made a report as trustee of Peace Institute, which
was received as information. In connection with this report, Mr.
W. C. Pressley, president of Peace addressed the Presbytery rela-
tive to the need of sending young women to Christian Colleges. By
rising vote Presbytery expressed its thanks to him for the address.
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The Committee of Foreign Missions made its report, which
was approved, and its recommendations adopted:
There were total receipts of $1,111,245.62. The cost of the
work this year was $1,209,205.39.
The deficit this year is $97,959.77.
The total deficit now stands at $174,659.77.
We thank God for the encouraging reports from all the lands
where we now labor.
The following recommendations were adopted as suggested by
the Executive Committee for the coming year:
1. That the Presbytery at this meeting engage in special
prayer for such an outpouring of the Spirit on our churches as will
enable the Executive Committee to send to all our Missions the
desperately needed reenforcements for which they are pleading,
and will bring our whole Church into a deeper sympathy with Him
on whose great heart lay ever closest and heaviest the burden of the
2. That churches, societies, and individuals assume, wherever
practicable, definite responsibility for definite parts of the Foreign
3. That ministers give special attention this year to the mis-
sionary education program of their churches, noting the aid offered
them by the Foreign Mission Educational Department in working
out better means of keeping their churches informed with regard
to Foreign Missions.
4. That all our church leaders utilize to the utmost the
Foreign Mission programs, literature, stereopticon slides, and visits
from Foreign Missionaries, offered by the Educational Department,
in order that missions may be given its scriptual place in all de-
partments of our church life.
5. That during January, 1930, every church in the General
Assembly organize a Church School of Missions, using the ap-
proved Foreign Mission study books for each age group.
6. That Foreign Mission Chairmen of Synods and Presby-
teries arrange with the Foreign Mission office for missionary
itineraries among all the churches within their bounds as often as
7. That Sunday Schools focus their attention this year upon
the Foreign Mission Educational Work, designating their Foreign
Mission contributions to the $100,000 being raised in the Sunday
Schools for this work, such offerings to be credited to the local
church Foreign Mission budget.
8. That Young People' Societies focus their attention this
year upon the rehabilitation of our medical work in China, desig-
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nating their Foreign Mission offerings to the $10,000 being raised
in the Societies for this work, such offerings to be credited to the
local church Foreign Mission budget.
T. L. HARNESBERBER, Chairman.
The following were elected Commissioners to the General As-
sembly: Principals, Rev. Willard Conger, elder John Hill Paylor,
Alternates, Rev. T. L. Harnsberger, elder T. G. Hyman.
The Report of the Treasurer was read and adopted.
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The Committee on Religious Education and Young People's
Work, made its report, which was adopted as amended.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION.
First is report as to Sunday Schools within the Presbytery.
1. The Committee has received twenty three reports showing
36 schools. These reports show:
(a) Officers and teachers, 253.
(b) Enrollment in all departments, 3530.
(c) Pupils added to the Church on confession of faith, 53
(d) Total Expenses of Schools, $4026.
(e) Total gifts to benevolences, $1785.
In making our annual report to the Presbytery respecting our
Sabbath School work, there are certain matters we wish to stress
and have the pastors and Sessions and Superintendents emphasize
constantly with their schools.
1. That pastors, Sessions and superintendents keep close tab
on their schools that the evangelistic opportunity may not be over-
looked but fully realized and utilized by all the teachers, that the
mutiplying of machinery and programs be not allowed to eclipse
the real purpose of the school, but only so much of it adopted as
may be used as means to the end of winning the pupils to Christ
and training them for His service.
2. That where practicable the Session of the church arrange
for a Standard (Teacher) Training School to be held for the benefit
of all officers and teachers and substitutes: Where not practicable
that the teachers and officers be advised to avail themselves of the
opportunity now provided of taking the course from the Sunday
School Department of the Presbyterian Committee of Publication,
3. That the Presbytery renew its approval of the Vacation
Bible School and recommend that, where advisable from the stand-
point of facilities, the need of such a school, and the financial
ability, the respective churches of Presbytery conduct a standard
Vacation Bible School.
4. That the churches pray that an adequate number of the
choicest members of our churches will consecrate themselves to the
task of teaching in our Sunday Schools that the lamentable lack
may be supplied and our schools become more efficient agencies for
winning souls from sin and training our young people for Christian
5. That Presbytery overture the General Assembly Meeting
at Montreat, N. C, May 16th, 1929 to place in the questionaire on
the Sunday School Report Blank — a question calling for the number
of persons in the school who are members of the church.
6. That the Presbytery overture the General Assembly meet-
ing at Montreat, May 1st, to approve the principle of the Presby-
terian Committee of Publication donating periodicals, books, bibles,
tracts etc. and define what shall be the policy and extent of this
practice. Second, to appoint a committee to prepare new and suit-
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able, tactful tracts-evangelistic, doctrinal, historical, etc. to be
supplied, without cost, to pastors and others who desire them for
distributions, in extension work.
E. C. LYNCH, Chairman.
The Committee on Minutes of the General Assembly, made a
report, which was adopted.
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE MINUTES OF THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF 1928.
Your committee begs to submit the following on the matter
sent down to the Presbyteries by the General Assembly.
1. That the recommendation to approve the substitute for para-
graph 94, Chapter 18, of the Book of Church Order be answered in
2. That the recommendation to approve an amendment to the
first sentence of Paragraph 277, Chapter 16 Rules of Discipline,
Book of Church Order be answered in the affirmative.
3. That the recommendation to approve of the substitute for
Paragraph 281, Chapter 16, Rules of Discipline, Book of Church
Order be answered in the negative.
P. McINTYRE, Chairman Committee
A verbal report from the Committee on Schools and Colleges was
made and received as information.
In connection with the report on young people's work, elder
H. H. McLean of the Washington church, was granted the privi-
leges of the floor, and was heard with regard to a summer camp
for Young People. Rev. S. J. Venable also spoke on the same sub-
ject. No action was taken.
The report of the Committee on Stewardship was read and
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF STEWARDSHIP
The Secretary of Stewardship, according to the order of Pres-
bytery, sent to each Session of the Presbytery the "ASKING" of
the Presbytery, requesting the Churches to notify the Secretary of
Stewardship if they were willing to accept the "ASKINGS", and
if not to state the amount, and if no reply was received by April
15th. that the Presbytery would expect these churches to raise the
Thirteen Churches sent in their reply, only three, Washington,
Goldsboro, and Wilson, reduced the Asking. The amount accepted
by the churches is $26,734.00.
Dr. L. L. Little, under the direction of the Secretary, visited
in the interest of Foreign Missions the following churches: Farm-
ville, Wilson, Greenville, Washington, Tarboro, Wm. and Mary
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Hart Chapel, Falkland, Fountain, and Pinetops.
Cannot give new Report on Every Member Canvass.
A. S. VENABLE.
The report of the special committee on the Presbyterial
Treasurership was read and adopted.
The Committee appointed by the Stewardship Committee to
make recommendations concerning a Presbyterial Treasurer of
Benevolences submits the following recommendations:
1. That we adopt for a period of three years, as a fair trial,
the plan of Presbyterial Treasurer of Benevolences.
2. That the following constitute the details of the plan as it
shall be used in this Presbytery:
a. The election of a Presbyterial Treasurer of Benevol-
ences, whose business it shall be to receive and distribute the
Benevolences of the churches according to the percentages adopted
by the Presbytery, except that specially designated funds shall go
to objects for which designated, and where churches do not follow
the Presbytery's percentages strictly, the distribution shall be ac-
cording to their percentable scheme.
b. That Presbyterial Treasurer shall keep an accurate
set of books showing receipts and disbursements of all funds, both
regular and designated; he shall send quarterly statement as to
money received and money short on pledges; and also at the close
of the year an itemized statement of disbursement of all the funds
of each given church.
c. The books of the Presbyterial Treasurer shall be audi-
ted in advance of the meeting of the Spring Presbytery by a Com-
mittee of three auditors approved by the Stewardship Committee.
He shall present nis books with the report of said Auditing Com-
mittee attached, to the Spring Presbytery; and during the Presby-
tery his books shall be available as a source of valuable informa-
tion for the Stated Clerk, the Stewardship Committee, and any
other Committee that might desire to look into the finances of the
particular cause it represents.
d. The Presbvterial Treasurer shall give bond by a
Surety Company for $5,000.
e. The Presbyterial Treasurer shall receive from the
Presbytery an expense fund not to exceed $100 per year. This ex-
pense item shall be paid out of the Presbyterial Tax Funds of the
f. Should a vacancy occur in the interval between meet-
ings of Presbytery, the Stewardship Committee shall take over the
office and request a call meeting of the Presbytery immediately for
the selection of a successor.
g. The churches are urged to remit their benevolences
check to the Presbyterial Treasurer of Benevolences not later than
the 3rd of the month, and he in turn shall remit to the several
causes not later than the 20th of each month.
h. The concurrence in this plan on the part of the indi-
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vidual churches shall be entirely optional, rather than mandatory,
but all the churches are urged to make use of the Presbyterial
Treasurer in the distributing of their benevolences.
i. The system of notices, remittance blanks, report forms,
receipt forms, and bookkeeping prepared by Rev. C. D. Gilkeson is
heartily endorsed and recommended by the Stewardship Committee.
j. This plan shall become operative at once, and all the
churches in entering into the plan shall remit to the Presbyterial
Treasurer not later than May 3rd, as per instructions given above.
3. That the Stewardship Committee be instructed to nominate
every third year a man for the Presbyterial Treasurer of Benevol-
ences, and then further nominations be called for from the floor.
Respectfully submitted by the Committee,
H. M. WILSON, Chairman.
The resignation of Rev. J. N. H. Summerell, D. D., as pastor
of New Bern church was accepted after the action of the church,
concurring in asking the Presbytery to dissolve the relationship
was attested by the moderator of the congregational meeting. The
pastoral relationship was dissolved.
The Stated Clerk was instructed to write a letter of apprecia-
tion from the Presbytery for the fellowship and service of Dr.
Summerell, during the many years he has been in its bounds.
The Committee on Men's Work made a report, which was re-
ceived as information.
The invitation of the Goldsboro church for Presbytery to hold
its Fall session there, was accepted, time to be fixed by the church
and Stated Clerk.
Presbytery adjourned until 8 P. M.
Presbytery met at 8 P. M. with Rev. H. B. Searight, chairman
of Presbyterial Home Missions in charge of a popular meeting, and
after devotional exercises by the chairman, the report of Home
Missions was read, and pending its adoption, the following were
heard in brief addresses: Rev. F. Marion Dick, Rev. T. L. Harns-
berger, M. W. Doggett, Jr., and Rev. A. J. Crane. The report was
Your Committee on Home Missions submit the following report
for the year ending March 31st, 1929.
The past year has been one of the most successful and fruitful
years in our experience of more than twelve years. Most of our
fields have been supplied during the year. Where there has not
been a regular worker on the ground, Rev. J. L. Yandell and the
Superintendent have supplied the fields. This is true at LaGrange,
Snow Hill, Jason, Williamston and Nahalah.
Now however we are glad to report that practically all of our'
fields are in the way of being supplied with regular workers in the
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very near future. We have secured a very fine young man, Mr.
Z. T. Piephoff , of the senior class of Union Seminary for Williams-
ton and Martin county. He begins his work May 15th. Also a
fine man from the Seminary, Mr. M. G. Lyerly, for the Wilson
County field. Kinston, with which we will associate Snow Hill and
Jason, has called Mr. Mauze of the Seminary and has good hopes
that he will accept. Thus all our work will be supplied with very
Since securing the Tent and equipment, which was given by
Mr. Henry Belk of Charlotte, C. A. Johnson, of Tarboro, and Mr.
A. P. Thorpe, of Rocky Mount, we waged an intensive Campaign
all last Spring and Summer and Fall. As has already been re-
ported our first meeting was at Williamston, the county seat of
Martin County, where notwithstanding very unfavorable weather,
we organized a church with twenty-five members, with a fine out-
look. Here we have purchased the finest lot in the town, not far
from the court house, large enough for a church and manse. Mr.
Belk has given the brick to build a church here and we hope to get
to work on that in the near future. We held several other meet-
ings that we felt were not so successful, but feel sure that good
seed were sown every where, that will germinate and bring forth a
harvest in the future. However we were successful at Jason, where
we added twenty two members. Then later in the Fall we crossed
the Roanoke river for the first time and held a meeting at Ahoskie,
where God wonderfully led us and blessed our efforts, and we or-
ganized a church of twenty seven members with the brightest out-
look we have ever seen. Here we have secured the services of Rev.
F. Marion Dick, who has taken a remarkable hold on the town and
is working with great energy and faith. We seemed divinely
directed in getting him.
During the Winter and Spring, Mr. Yandell has opened two
Mission points in Martin County where he is preaching regularly,
and there seems to be a bright promise for our work in both places.
Mr. Piephoff will have charge of these together with Williamston,
when he comes to the work.
Our plans are all made for the tents meetings to begin on the
2Sth of April at Ahoskie, and to continue as long as the weather
will permit in the Fall. We hope to be able to organize at Aulan-
der and Windsor, and from there to Williamston and the two mis-
sion points in Martin County, and thence to a very promising point
on the outskirts of Wilson.
We have purchased a manse at Ahoskie, and Mr. Dick and his
charming family are very happily located in it. We are expecting
things from our meeting there, and soon after expect to take steps
to erect a church building there.
Dr. Venable reports the construction of a tabernacle at a mis-
sion point in his field, Carraways, where they have been conducting
a very successful Sunday School for some years, at the cost of
about $800, $200 of which was given by the Presbytery's Commit-
tee. They have also purchased a splendid lot for a manse, and
hope soon to be able to build a manse thei'e.
Mr. Brown at Elizabeth City and Mr. Doggett have both taken
a fine stand in their respective fields and report progress.
MINUTES OF ALBEMARLE PRESBYTERY 341
We have made some other changes in the work since Christmas.
Mr. Wilson is now giving two Sundays a month to Fountain, with
the consent of Wm. & Mary Hart, and this seems to be a very
Mr. Wildman is now serving Falkland and the two mission
points in Pitt county, in connection with his other work. This
seems to be a fine arrangement: it is giving great satisfaction.
All our other men are doing faithful and effective work. Mr.
Smith who has been giving good service in the Wilson Count field,
gives up that work the end of this month, and Mr. Lyerly will take
his place beginning May 15th.
With the help we have gotten this year from the General As-
sembly, we have thus been able to enlarge our work, and to reach
out into this new territory, as we could not have done otherwise.
We are greateful to God for His signal favor upon our efforts,
which has been so manifest to us who have been closely associated
with it. He has led us in a wonderful way all along. We have
gone forward in faith and prayer, and He has been with us. We
earnestly request that all our pastors and people will bear us up
constantly before the throne of His Grace in our work this year,
for we often come to the place when we feel keenly and ask "Who
is sufficient for these things".
I cannot close this report without paying a slight tribute to
Mr. Y'andell, who has been so faithfully helping in all this work.
In fact he is absolutely indispensible to it. And whatever success
we have had is largely due to him under God. I have never known
a man so absolutely unselfish, and willing to endure such hardness
for God. He is always ready to help somebody else at his own ex-
pense of body, time and money. Yet withal so humble that he
would not allow me to put this in if he knew it. He deserves the
thanks of our whole church, and their love and confidence, for his
Your Home Mission Committee wishes to express its apprecia-
tion of the long and faithful service rendered the Presbytery by
our Superintendent of Home Missions, Rev. A. J. Crane, who has
entered upon his 13th year of service in this capacity. Under God
it is largely due to his diligence and devotion to the work that it
has gone forward in such a satisfactory way. He enjoys both the
confidence of our Committee, and the affection of the men in the
field; and for this happy situation we thank the great Head of the
H. B. SEARIGHT, Chairman.
The apportionments for the various fields for the present year
were read by the Superintendent, and were approved by the Pres-
The Committee of Christian Education and Relief, made its
report, which was adopted as amended.
To the Presbytery of Albermarle, Greenville, N. C, April 16th,
1929:- Your Committee of Christian Education and Ministerial
Relief begs to submit the following report for the year 1928-29.
The latest report indicates that the receipts for this cause for
the last year show $24,420 more was contributed than the year be-
342 MINUTES OF ALBEMARLE PRESBYTERY
fore, and that the committee has reduced the debt of this committee
from $54,330 to $26,233, for which we thank God and take courage.
Since the full report for Christian Education comes in the Fall,
we omit further reference to this part of the work, and make the
following report of Ministerial Relief:
1. General. The Committee has aided 178 ministers, 248
widows, and 48 orphans in 34 deceased ministers homes, and to 6
commissioned pay workers, a total of 466 homes. This is an in-
crease of 6 homes as compared with last year. Aid to the amount
of $193,596 was sent these worthy people during the year.
2. Albermarle Presbytery. The total contributions from the
Presbytery was $1,364.78, with total appropriations to the Presby-
tery was spent as follows: 1 candidate for the ministry, $125,
Beneficiaries, $2879.85, 5 Loans, $750.
The plan for permanent relief of aged and infirm ministers
called the Minister's Annuity Fund, has been carefully worked out
by this committee, has been submitted to the church by newspaper
articles, and ought to be familiar to all by this time. The commit-
tee urges that some action be taken by this Presbytery on this im-
Your committee would recommend:
1. That the present beneficiaries of Ministerial Relief in the
Presbytery be aided in the amounts asked for last year, if possible.
2. That the Presbytery ask the Committee of Christian Edu-
cation to appropriate a substantial amounts to assist in work
among the students at East Carolina Teachers College.
3. That the Presbytery elect three laymen and one minister
to study with care and prayer the question of a just living for
every minister and missionary.
W. S. HARDEN, Chairman,
H. B. SEARIGHT,
R. A. FOUNTAIN, Elder.
The matter of the Annuity Fund was deferred until the Fall
meeting for discussion.
The report of the Auditing Committee was adopted.
REPORT AUDITING COMMITTEE
Your committee on auditing found the books audited by the
regular auditing committee, with exceptions noted, and found the
W. C. DRESBACK,
R. H. BACHMAN,
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The Committee on Nominations made its report, which was
COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS.
Your Committe would recommend the following changes in the
Presbyterial Home Missions, Rev. Willard Conger in place of
Dr. Summerell, T. G. Hyman in place of E. L. Stewart.
Foreign Missions, Rev. F. M. Dick in place of Rev. T. L Harns-
Sabbath Observance and Family Religion, M. W. Doggett Jr.,
in place of W. T. Wadley, Elder R. B. Peters Sr., in place of R. C.
Men's Work, Rev. F. M. Dick in place of T. L. Harnsberger.
Vacancy and Supply, Rev. C. M. Brown in place of Dr. Sum-
Auditing, A. N. Daniel in place of J. R. Pender.
Church History, W. S. Harden in place of T. L. Harnsberger.
Trustee of Davidson College, B. W. Moseley in place of Dr.
The Special Committee appointed to prepare an overture to the
General Assembly relative to the salaries of Home Missionaries,
made its report, which was adopted.
The Presbytery of Albemarle overtures the General Assembly
Meeting at Montreat, N. C, May 16th. to order that the total salary
of each and every minister of home mission churches be stated in
the Statistical reports of the churches of the General Assembly and
that an asterisk be placed along side to indicate assistance received.
The following overture was adopted:
The Presbytery of Albemarle realizing the gravity of the pro-
position to consolidate and relocate the Executive and promotional
agencies of the church, respectfully overtures the General Assembly
meeting in Montreat, May 16th. to hand down the matter to the
Presbyteries for their consideration and defer final action until the
whole church has had opportunity to become informed of the plan
and the will of the Presbyteries has been learned.
The report of the Committee on Minutes of the Synod was re-
ceived as information.
The Rev. H. M. Wilson was elected Presbyterial Treasurer.
The name of Mitchener Memorial church was changed to
The election of a Stated Clerk was postponed until the ad-
journed meeting, the date and place of the adjourned meeting was
left with the acting clerk and moderator.
The following committee was named to propose a Stated Clerk
to the adjourned meeting: W. S. Harden, R. H. Bachman.
The following resolution of thanks was adopted:
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RESOLUTION OF THANKS
The Presbytery of Albemarle, in session at the First Presby-
terian Church, at Greenville, N. C, wishes to express the grateful
appreciation on behalf of the members of Presbytery to the ladies
of the congregation for the hospitality given them. The welcome
afforded the visiting brethren is always frank and hearty, and is in
turn sincerely appreciated.
MARSHALL W. DOGGETT, Jr.,
T. F. SAVAGE,
The Committee on Sessional records made the following report:
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON SESSIONAL RECORDS
Your committee on Sessional records has examined the books
presented and approves without exception Howard Memorial, Green-
ville, Wilson, Rocky Mount Second, Farmville, Mitchener Memorial,
Wm. and Mary Hart Chapel.
Approved with slight exceptions noted in books: Cann Me-
morial, Bethlehem, Fountain, Pinetops, Washington book destroyed
Only these eleven books were presented for our inspection.
J. T. WILDMAN,
R. H. BACHMAN,
T. F. SAVAGE,
The Committee on Sabbath Observance and Family Religion
made the following report, which was adopted.
Your Committee on Sabbath and Family Religion submits the
1. That from the sources of information available we find it
difficult to determine the true status of these important and vital
aspects of true religion. We may attribute the present conditions
to a number of things. The spirit of the modern age in which we
are living. The spirit of commercialism that so dominates the
present time, causing so many to "look upon the things that are
temporal", has led many to neglect "the things that are eternal".
We could mention many other things that are making inroads upon
the Sabbath, but we feel the deep and underlying cause for much
Sabbath desecration is the lack of religious training in the home.
Mr. R. E. Magill in his little book entitled "Christian Homes The
Bulwark of Civilization" says "The family is the unit of the Church
as it is of society". Out of the earliest days of recorded history
comes the inspired statement. "God setteth the solitary in fami-
lies". One of the major tasks of the Church is to include in its
program a course of instruction which has for its end the creation
and maintenance of a Christian atmosphere in the homes of its
members. The home is the most influential agency in building the
character of youth. It is not enough to provide for the material
MINUTES OF ALBEMARLE PRESBYTERY 345
comforts and the intellectual development of the children. The
spiritual nature must be cultivated and the moral atmosphere sur-
rounding the children should be carefully considered. God has
given to parents a most sacred opportunity and obligation for the
moral and religious leadership of the children who receive their first,
deepest, and most lasting impression in the home. Christian
parents seek the very best that life affords for their children; they
want them to be clean in heart and noble in character. One of the
best and surest ways to secure high ideals is to establish a practi-
cal family worship service in the home and train the children for
The family table provides the most suitable time and favorable
environment for the moral and religious training of children.
Since this is the only time that the entire family is regularly to-
gether in most homes, the table hour furnishes the best and most
natural opportunity for Religious training. Recognizing the un-
seen Guest three times a day is a means of spiritual helpfulness
and is "Character-making" in its effect upon the children. Your
Committtee thinks that the failure on the part of parents to dedi-
cate their children to God by Baptism during infancy is another
reason for the present condition. We read in Gen. the 17th. Chap-
ter that no sooner had God instituted His covenant with Abraham
by the rite of circumcision that Abraham took his son Ishmael and
all the male children of his household and administered unto them
the token of the Lord's covenant, and in the following chapter is
recorded the testimony of God in regard to parental faithfulness.
"I know him (Abraham) that he will command his children and his
household after him."
Your Committee offers two recommendations:
1. That each minister of the Presbytery be asked to preach on
the subject of Sabbath and Family Religion.
2. That an hour be given at the Fall meeting of Presbytery
for a full discussion of this vital subject.
JAS. A. SATTERFIELD,
The Evangelistic Committee was ordered to make its report
to the adjourned meeting.
The report of the Committee on Historical Society was post-
poned until the Fall meeting.
The Committee on Attendance made its report, which was
346 MINUTES OF ALBEMARLE PRESBYTERY
COMMITTEE ON ATTENDANCE.
Your Committee on Attendance submits the following:
Excused for tardiness, Revs. F. M. Dick, Willard Conger, E. C.
Lynch, Peter Mclntyre, T. L. Harnsberger, M. W. Doggett, Jr.
Excused after the Wednesday morning session, N. P. Kemp.
Excused after Wednesday afternoon session, T. F. Savage, J.
H. Paylor, Rev. Peter Mclntyre, M. V. Orr, C. S. Holister, Rev. W.
A. Gamble, B. W. Brown..
J. A. SATTERFIELD, Chairman.
After the reading of the minutes, Presbytery adjourned to
meet in adjourned session, and was dismissed with prayer by the
A. S. VENABLE, Moderator.
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1. Presbyterial Home Missions S & F — Dr. H. B. Searight,
Chairman, A. J. Crane, Willard Conger, W. S. Harden, E. C. Lynch;
Elders, B. W. Moseley, H. H. Taylor, W. L. Groom, T. G. Hyman.
2. Assembly's Home Missions S — A. J. Crane, Elder F. L.
3. Foreign Missions F & S — F. M. Dick, Peter Mclntyre,
Elder W. S. Leroy.
4. Christian Education and Ministerial Relief, S & F — W. S.
Harden, Chairman, H. B. Searight, elder R. A. Fountain.
5. Religious Education S — Rev. E. C. Lynch, Chairman.
Section 1. Sunday Schools — C. M. Brown, elder R. H. Bachman.
Section 2. Young People's Work, W. A. Gamble, Chairman,
C. M. Brown, M. W. Doggett Jr., elder J. H. Paylor, H. H. McLean.
6. Women's Societies S A. S. Venable, Chairman, H. M. Wil-
son, elder C. A. Marslander.
7. Schools and Colleges F — Peter Mclntyre, Chairman, Wil-
lard Conger, elder J. B. Sparrow.
8. Orphan's Home F G. B. Hanrahan, Chairman, J. A. Satter-
field, elders, C. P. McClure, A. P. Thorpe.
9. Bible Cause F — J. T. Wildman, Chairman, elders, E. H.
Austin, B. B. Plyler.
10. Sabbath Observance and Family Religion F — J. A. Satter-
field, Chairman, M. W. Doggett Jr., R. B. Peters Sr.
11. Prison Work and Evangelism F — A. S. Venable, Chairman,
elder David Joyner.
12. Systematic Beneficence and Men's Work, F & S.
Section 1. Systematic Beneficence — Willard Conger, Chair-
man, W. S. Harden, A. J. Crane, H. B. Searight, Peter Mclntyre,
G. B. Hanrahan, H. M. Wilson, elders, A. P. Thorpe, A. N. Daniel.
Section 2. Men's Work, elder W. E. Renneker, Chairman,
elder, N. O. Warren.
13. Vacancy and Supply F— ^H. B. Searight, Chairman, A. J.
Crane, C. M. Brown.
14. Auditing — A. N. Daniel, R. B. Peters, Jr.
15. Presbyterial Treasurer, Rev. H. M. Wilson, Leggetts.
1. Experimental Religion and Motives for seeking the Gospel
Ministry, The Moderator.
2. Natural and Exact Sciences — M. W. Doggett Jr., Chairman,
J. T. Wildman, H. H. McLean.
3. Languages — English, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Latin Thesis,
Critical Exegesis, W. A. Gamble, Chairman, W. S. Harden.
4. Church History — W. S. Harden, Chairman, A. S. Venable.
5. Theology, Natural and Revealed — H. B. Searight, Chair-
man, A. J. Crane, E. C. Lynch.
6. Philosophy, Logic and Rhetoric — W. A. Gamble, Chairman,
7. Church Government and Sacraments — Willard Conger,
Chairman, J. A. Satterf ield.
ROLL OF MINISTERS AND CHURCHES
H. B. SEARIGHT, D. D
J. N. H. SUMMERELL, D. D.
G. B. HANRAHAN
A. J. CRANE __
W. T. WADLEY
J. T. WILDMAN
W. S. HARDEN
J. A. SATTERFIELD
E. C. LYNCH
W. A. GAMBLE
A. S. Venable, D. D
T. L. HARNESBERGER
C. M. BROWN
H. M. WILSON
M. W. DOGGETT, Jr
F. M. DICK _..
Washington, N. C.
Greenville, N. C.
Kinston, N. C.
_ Tarboro, N.
. Nashville, N.
Rocky Mount, N
Parmelee, N. C.
Greenville, N. C.
Rocky Mount, N. C.
Wilson, N. C.
Pinetops, N. C.
Farmville, N. C.
Tarboro, N. C;
Elizabeth City, N. C.
Tarboro (Leggets) N. C.
Edenton, N. C.
Ahoskie, N. C.
ROCKY MOUNT, 1st
ROCKY MOUNT, 2nd
WM. & MARY HART
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